It might not be the first (or second) manufacturer to hop into the PCIe Gen 4 NVME SSD bandwagon but there is no denying that when Samsung is entering into a new niche of the market (or in this case a sort of an updated niche) things are going to heat up. The company had just announced that it is releasing the new line of NVME M.2 SSDs called the 980 PRO SSD to replace its 970 PRO line (you can listen to some of the technical details as Keith May – the editor of wccftech explains them in the video above).
This new series supports a significant boost in speed, so significant that it is actually almost double that of the already super-fast 970 PRO, bringing the read speed to a whooping 7000MB/s and the write speed to 5000MB/s (the 970 PRO was rated up to 3,500 MB/s read and up to 2,700 MB/s write). These speeds should ensure high-end users that no bottlenecks will happen due to a lack of storage speed even when editing 8K footage or above.
There are a number of things to consider if you are looking into getting these drives, first at the moment there are only available in capacities up to 1TB (which might not be enough if you are editing a large 8K project) and more importantly, you must have a computer which is equipped with a PCIe Gen 4 motherboard such as AMD’s X570 OR TRX40 or Intel’s Z490 (although at the moment the whole Intel support for PCIe Gen 4 is still a bit way off).
At the moment there is no word on pricing or availability and we can hope that these drives will be here before the end of the year at a price which is not too far off from that of the original 970 PRO.
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